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How To Think About Freedom This Independence Day

This August 15 th is about freedom from Hindu supremacism and predatory capitalism. India has been effectively under an RSS coup detat since May 2019, after the ostensibly sweeping victory of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. Since then, there has been a relentless onslaught on institutions and democracy from these twin forces, accelerated under cover of the pandemic-related lockdown. The lockdown should have been a breathing space (a tragic, unintended pun) to prepare for contact-tracing and

15 Aug 2020 7:39 am
One Expects Judges To Show Tolerance And Compassion: Faizan Mustafa On Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case Order

NEW DELHI After studying Fridays Supreme Court judgment holding lawyer Prashan Bhushan in contempt of court, Dr Faizan Mustafa, Vice Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad said, The judgment is consistent with Indian jurisprudence but it is not consistent with the current and enlightened jurisprudence elsewhere. Democracies around the world had either rid themselves of the law or just stopped using it. But in India, the 2018 Law Commission had recommended retaining the law, while no

14 Aug 2020 8:22 pm
NCW Urged To Take Notice Of Online Abuse, Media Trial Of Rhea Chakraborty

Women technicians from the Indian film industry have sent a letter to the National Commission for Women, urging it to take suo moto cognisance of online abuse, and unfair media trial of Rhea Chakraborty . The letter has been signed by Guneet Monga, Pooja Gupta, Karanjeet Kaur, Urmi Juvekar,Bina Paul and Miriam Joseph among others. The letter said that the signatories strongly support a free and fair investigation by the CBI into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput but that the intention is v

14 Aug 2020 7:34 pm
Prashant Bhushan Case: Guilty Verdict Erases Distinction Between Personal And Constitutional, Says Lawyer Indira Jaising

NEW DELHI The Supreme Courts verdict holding lawyer Prashant Bhushan in contempt of court was bad news for free speech, Indira Jaising, a senior Supreme Court advocate, and the first woman to be appointed Additional Solicitor General of India in 2009, told HuffPost India . While as feminists we know that the personal is political, but in law the personality of a judge must be split between the personal and the constitutional. This is an institutional requirement of justice, said Jaising. The jud

14 Aug 2020 5:12 pm
Who Is To Blame For The 2020 Mumbai Floods?

With unprecedented being the mantra for 2020 events, the monsoon floods in Indias commercial capital, Mumbai , too, followed suit and reached areas that were never flooded before. South Mumbai was lashed with its second-highest 24-hour rainfall since 1974 on August 5 and the city witnessed wind speed higher than what was recorded during Cyclone Nisarga, a tropical storm that hit the state in June. Citizens and activists blame infrastructure work including the coastal road project and the Mumbai

14 Aug 2020 3:06 pm
SC Holding Prashant Bhushan Guilty Will Discourage Lawyers From Speaking Out: Sanjay Hegde

NEW DELHI The Supreme Court judgment holding well-known public interest lawyer Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court will discourage lawyers from being outspoken and this cannot lead to a strong court, Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde told HuffPost India . The judgment in Prashant Bhushan, will discourage lawyers from being outspoken. A silenced bar cannot lead to a strong court, said Hegde on Friday afternoon. Hegde, himself a reputed Senior Advocate with a strong record of engagement in pub

14 Aug 2020 2:59 pm
The Crown Has Cast Its New Prince Philip, Jonathan Pryce

Oscar-nominated actor Jonathan Pryce will play the role of Prince Philip in the final two series of The Crown . Deadline was the first to report that Jonathan will take over the role from Tobias Menzies in the fifth and sixth series of the hit Netflix drama. The Duke Of Edinburgh was previously played by Matt Smith in the first two series of The Crown. Jonathan will be acting in the show alongside Imelda Staunton , who is succeeding Olivia Colman in the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II. Jonathan

14 Aug 2020 1:50 pm
When Adivasis Feel Secure, They Will Enjoy Freedom: Climate Activist Archana Soreng

NEW DELHI Adivasis will be able to enjoy true freedom only when they feel secure physically, culturally and economically, Odisha -based climate activist Archana Soreng told HuffPost India in an interview. It is very important that the community members are feeling secure. Only when they feel secure, they will be able to enjoy freedom to practise traditional knowledge and make eco-friendly products like leaf plates or mats out of the leaves, said the t wenty-four-year-old Soreng, who was born int

14 Aug 2020 12:24 pm
Ashok Gehlot To Move Trust Vote In Rajasthan Today

After weeks of political drama in Rajasthan , and a patch up between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot on Thursday, the Congress will move a trust vote in the Rajasthan assembly on Friday. The announcement was made after the Congress Legislature Party meeting at Gehlots residence, chaired by him, and attended by Pilot and all the rebel Congress MLAs. Party sources told The Indian Express that Gehlot has said, We would have gone for a floor test without some of our friends (the rebel MLAs) and perhap

14 Aug 2020 10:10 am
Birthers Are Already Going After Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris has been Joe Bidens running mate for less than a week, but the birthers are already questioning whether shes constitutionally eligible to ever be president. On Tuesday, a day after the former vice president announced that the California senator would be his running mate, Newsweek ran an op-ed questioning Harris eligibility. The argument by John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University and a failed GOP candidate, centers around the status of Harris parents. Her father was (and

14 Aug 2020 9:29 am
Mourning The Ellen DeGeneres And J.K. Rowling We Used To Know

Every afternoon, Ellen DeGeneres ends her popular talk show with the same edict: Be kind to one another. In her opening monologues, she says things like, Try to do something kind this week. If we all did one kind thing for someone else, it would make such a difference. On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s I Have a Dream speech, DeGeneres or whoever runs her Twitter account tweeted , I have a dream that we all choose to be kind to one another. Online, she sells sweatshirts, mugs a

14 Aug 2020 9:25 am
Breezy But Political Is The Religion I Aspire To: Nisha Susan On Her First Book

Editor and columnist Nisha Susanthe founder of the feminist website The Ladies Finger and co-originator of the Pink Chaddi Campaign, a crowd-sourced protest which mailed undergarments to a politicians office in 2009 in response to moral policingmakes her debut as an author with the short story collection The Women Who Forgot To Invent Facebook And Other Stories (Context, 2020). Set mostly in the tightly-webbed social nexuses of Bengaluru pubs and small-town Kerala , with detours to other parts o

14 Aug 2020 9:05 am
'Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl': IAF Objects To Its 'Undue Negative' Portrayal

NEW DELHI The Indian Air Force (IAF) has written a letter to the Censor Board objecting to its undue negative portrayal in the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl , said a senior official. The movie was released on streaming platform Netflix on Wednesday. According to the official, the letter mentions concerns related to the movies portrayal of gender bias as an institutional work culture at the IAF. The movie is based on the life of IAF officer Gunjan Saxena who became the first woman pilot t

13 Aug 2020 7:11 pm
BTS Concert, New Albums, New Groups: BigHit Announces Profit Jump And Future Plans

BTSs label and management agency BigHit Entertainment announced a jump in estimated revenue, online and offline concerts by BTS and big plans for the second half of 2020 at a press briefing in Seoul on Thursday. BigHit said BTS will perform from its latest album Map Of The Soul: 7 at its concert BTS Map of The Soul ON:E, which will be held offline and streamed online in October BigHit CEO Bang Si-hyuk said the companys estimated sales revenue in the first half of 2020 hit 294 billion won (US$244

13 Aug 2020 5:35 pm
With Only One Doctor Standing, Covid-19 Has Pushed This Bihar Hospital To The Brink

Guards armed with rifles escort Dr. Kumar Gaurav as he makes the rounds at his hospital on the banks of the River Ganga. The guards are there to protect him from the relatives of patients, including those suffering from COVID-19 . The relatives keep barging into the wards, even the ICU, to stroke and feed their loved ones, often without wearing even the flimsiest of masks as barriers against the novel coronavirus. If we stop them, they get angry, he says. They want to give homemade meals to thei

13 Aug 2020 4:25 pm
EIA 2020: SC Dismisses Modi Govts Appeal Against HC Judgment That Told MoEF To Translate Draft Law In Local Languages

NEW DELHIThe Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by the union environment ministry against a Delhi High Court judgment which directed the ministry to translate the controversial proposed law for environment clearance in at least 22 languages mentioned in the eighth schedule of the Indian constitution. Impugned order is in the correct spirit since in many rural areas, people may not be conversant with Hindi and English, the CJI Bobde r

13 Aug 2020 3:26 pm
Sonia Gandhi Calls For Withdrawal Of Draft EIA 2020, Terms It 'Disastrous'

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of eroding the countrys environmental protection framework over the last six years. In an op-ed published in The Hindu , Gandhi said that protection of the environment must go hand in hand with promoting public health and access to dignified livelihoods for all. The Covid-19 pandemic, she said, should have made the government reconsider its environmental and public health governance, but alleged that clearances were

13 Aug 2020 2:44 pm
Bengaluru Violence: Govt Orders Magisterial Probe, Will Do 'Asset Recovery'

The Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the violence in parts of Bengaluru , in which at least three people were killed . It was decided that according to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) guidelines,an executive magistrate will conduct the inquiry, IANS reported. The government has also decided to recover the losses arising from damage to public property during the violence from the protesters, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said We have com

13 Aug 2020 12:53 pm
Ram Janmabhoomi Trust Head, Who Shared Stage With Modi On Aug 5, Tests Positive For COVID-19

Head of the Ram Mandir trust Mahant Nitiya Gopaldas, who was on stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya last week, has tested positive for COVID-19. The news was confirmed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The chief minister spoke to the Mathura district magistrate and requested for immediate medical attention in this regard, the Indian Express reported. Adityanath, UP Governor Anandiben Patel and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

13 Aug 2020 12:31 pm
Delhi Police Used Chemical Spray, Sexually Assaulted Jamia's Anti-CAA Protesters: Women's Body's Fact-Finding Report

The National Federation of Indian Womens fact-finding report has demanded a judicial inquiry and a white paper by the Union home ministry on the incidents that took place on February 10 outside the Jamia University, alleging police brutality against students and local residents. Students of Jamia Millia Islamia University had attempted to take a peaceful protest march to the Parliament House against the Citizenship Amendment Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register (CA

13 Aug 2020 11:34 am
BJP MP Attacks Kanimozhi For Saying She Doesn't Know Hindi

DMK MP Kanimozhi tweeted on Saturday to say a CISF person at an airport had asked her if she was Indian when she said she doesnt speak Hindi. Responding to her tweet, a BJP MP slammed her saying she was lying about not knowing Hindi. Kanimozhi was quoted by PTI as saying on Wednesday, in reaction to the BJP leaders allegations, The issue is not about knowing Hindi or not. It is shameful (to say) I can be Indian only if I know Hindi. She also said, The truth is I dont know Hindi. I never studied

13 Aug 2020 11:07 am
Katie Holmes' Oddly Sexual Response To Biden-Harris Ticket Is Arousing Confusion

Katie Holmes seems, uh, very excited about Joe Biden s VP pick. Shortly after the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee announced that he was tapping Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, Holmes posted her strong support for the ticket on Instagram. #BidenHarris2020, she captioned a photo in which she looks like her Dawsons Creek character, Joey Potter, in the throes of passion with Pacey Witter by way of Skinemax. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Katie Holmes (

13 Aug 2020 9:17 am
How Joe Biden Chose Kamala Harris As His Running Mate

WASHINGTON (AP) Gretchen Whitmer wanted out. The Michigan governor had caught the interest of Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting committee , who were drawn to her prominence in a crucial battleground state and her aggressive response to the coronavirus outbreak there. But by late spring, the nation was in the midst of a reckoning over race and inequality following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several min

13 Aug 2020 9:12 am
Whats Behind the Global Spike In Coronavirus Outbreaks?

In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, Greece emerged as a surprising success story . The governments swift actions to close down the country in February and March helped it avoid the high death tolls that other nations experienced and positioned it well to reopen. The country began lifting lockdown restrictions in early May and started welcoming international travellers again in mid-June, enticing tourists with the promise of a largely coronavirus-free getaway. Since then, however, th

13 Aug 2020 8:18 am
EIA 2020: Karnataka HC Nudges Modi Govt To Translate Draft Law In Kannada, Give Citizens Time To Submit Objections

NEW DELHI Observing that the citizens right to file objections against the draft environment impact assessment ( EIA 2020 ) notification had been taken away since it was released only in English and Hindiand that too a couple of days prior to the imposition of the coronavirus lockdown the Karnataka High Court has nudged the union environment ministry to translate the draft law in Kannada and give reasonable time for people to submit their objections and suggestions. The Karnataka HC did this in

12 Aug 2020 7:16 pm
Meet Joe Biden's New Presidential Running Mate Kamala Harris

Joe Biden ended months of speculation last night when he announced Kamala Harris will be his running mate in this years US presidential election. Regardless of who wins in November, the decision has already made history Harris is the first Black woman to compete on a major partys presidential ticket in the US. I have the great honor to announce that Ive picked @KamalaHarris a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the countrys finest public servants as my running mate. Joe Biden (@J

12 Aug 2020 6:07 pm
West Bengal Lockdown Dates Changed Again

The West Bengal government announced on Wednesday new lockdown dates yet again. The lockdown in Bengal, which was first supposed to be a bi-weekly one, has been changed several times now. According to a cited difficulties in conducting banking operations on the last two days of the months as reasons to change the dates again. The lockdown announced on August 28 (Friday) now stands withdrawn. Here are the lockdown dates now: August 20 (Thursday) August 21 (Friday) August 27 (Thursday) August 31 (

12 Aug 2020 5:45 pm
Late-Night Hosts Mark Kamala Harris Historic Moment By Mocking Donald Trump

The hosts of late-night TV responded to Joe Biden picking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate in the 2020 election with mockery of President Donald Trump . The Daily Show host Trevor Noah suggested Trump is going to have a tough time attacking Harris because everything shes done in her career appeals to Trumps base. Crafty Kamala spent her whole career locking up criminals and filling up Californias jails, said Noah, mimicking the president. Shes even friends with cops. Hold on. Th

12 Aug 2020 3:58 pm
Twitter Jokes As People Obsess Over Kamala Harris's Ancestral Home In Besant Nagar

Have you been wondering why there are so many tweets about Besant Nagar on your timeline today? The tony neighbourhood in Chennai is the talk of Twitter because US senator Kamala Harris , chosen by Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, said her mother grew up there. It doesnt take much of a diaspora connection for Indians to thump their chests with pride, so an actual US vice-presidential candidate with roots in Chennai has, of course, got people excited. In 2019, when Harris was in t

12 Aug 2020 3:45 pm
DU Exams 2020: University Files Appeal Against HC Order Giving Students An Extra Hour For OBE

Delhi University moved the High Court on Tuesday against an order passed last week by Justice Pratibha Singh on the contentious online open book exams (OBE) for final years students which are currently underway. Advocate Akash Sinha, counsel for the students, tweeted saying the university had filed an appeal as it had problems with relief provided to the students, which included an extra hour to write the exam. Update: University of Delhi has filed an appeal against judgement given in our case.

12 Aug 2020 1:44 pm
No Mention of Harassment In UP Police Case On US Scholar's Death

The news of the death of a 19-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh made headlines on Monday. She died after an accident reportedly from being chased by two men on a bike. However, even as the FIR registered by her father demanded the two stalkers be booked, NDTV reports that the Uttar Pradesh police has made not mention of this in the case it has registered in the womans death. Sudeeksha Bhati was a topper from Bulandshahr and was studying in Massachusettss Babson College with full scholarship. The

12 Aug 2020 10:55 am
Caravan Reporters Allege Assault And Sexual Harassment In Northeast Delhi

NEW DELHI Three journalists from The Caravan magazine say they were physically assaulted by a mob in Subhash Mohalla in northeast-Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. At 11:52 pm on Tuesday, Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of The Caravan , tweeted that despite two detailed complaints on assault and sexual harassment by the Caravan reporters, no FIR was registered. On Wednesday morning, Bal told HuffPost India that the Delhi Police had not informed them of an FIR in the matter. A senior police offici

12 Aug 2020 10:49 am
5 Feel-Good Korean Dramas To Stream Online

I began watching Korean dramas earlier this year, around the time India went into a strict lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. I had been curious for a whileit was hard not to be, when colleagues kept exchanging recommendations and discussing plot points around you in office. In March, as the anxiety and uncertainty ratcheted up, I decided to try one episode of Crash Landing On You . Five months later, I am an active part of the Kdrama recommendation ritual. These dramas, for me, were a port

12 Aug 2020 10:00 am
Can COVID-19 Cause Hair Loss? Here's What You Need To Know

Among the many side effects of COVID-19 that have emerged, hair loss may be one of the most unexpected. It took me a little off guard, says Dr. Pedram Yazdan an assistant professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, tells Yahoo Life. I think it allowed me to appreciate how stressful this infection can be on our bodies. Technically known as telogen effluvium , temporary hair loss can be triggered by many things, from weight loss to severe infection and psychological stres

12 Aug 2020 9:09 am
Jair Bolsonaro Is Pushing Brazils Democracy To Its Breaking Point

Twenty months into the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro , Brazil is on the brink of a democratic disaster. More than 100,000 Brazilians have died of COVID-19, a pandemic the far-right president largely dismissed as a conspiracy. The economy is approaching a free-fall. And Bolsonaros authoritarian attempts to seize control of the worlds fourth-largest democracy have pushed Brazil into a political crisis . As the trio of crises hammers the country, Bolsonaro has not only abdicated any responsibility t

12 Aug 2020 9:08 am
Why Kamala Harris Is A Historic Vice Presidential Pick For The US

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has tapped Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to be his running mate. In a tweet announcing his choice, the former vice president described Harris as a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the countrys finest public servants. I have the great honor to announce that Ive picked @KamalaHarris a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the countrys finest public servants as my running mate. Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2

12 Aug 2020 8:24 am